We have enjoyed using our wood stove in the new house. We do use the propane furnace sometimes but try to use the wood stove to heat the house as much as possible. Not only does it do a good job of keeping us warm and is enjoyable to look at but it is a form of renewable energy of which we have a great deal on the farm. The clearing of our house site created a lot of firewood and, in addition, nearly one-quarter of our 60 acres is covered in trees. We will be able to selectively cut out of those woods in perpetuity without reducing the forest cover. You could say that wood is one of the first “crops” that we have taken off the farm and one that we hope to take for many years to come.
Even though we cut a lot of firewood this summer and fall, we thought that we would not be burning it this year because the wood generally needs over a year to properly dry. However, we learned that white ash, of which we have a great deal, does not need nearly as long to dry so we have been burning that. We are not sure whether that will last us or if we still will have to buy wood later in the winter.